Rodenbach Caractère Rouge - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by snaotheus:
4.51/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750ml corked/caged bottle split between two big goblets. If there's a best by, bottled on, or batch number on the bottle, I can't find it. The bottle doesn't look like the photo in this listing. The bottle has clear, plasticky, printed sticker labels.
Pours coppery golden, surprisingly clear, lots of carbonation which clings to the side of the glass but doesn't build into much of a head. Smell is delicious and rich and power, easily detectable at arm's length while pouring the glasses. Sour, sweet-tarty, fruit, just a hint of smokiness.
Taste is sour but not quite jaw clenching, has exactly the sweet-tarty character that I love in a Flanders Red (see Rodenbach Grand Cru). Without doing a side by side, I couldn't compare this with Grand Cru, but it seems like a beer of comparable quality. I think this beer is very fruity. I don't get much from the oak vats mentioned on the label, though. I think primarily I get sour cherry flavor, and lots of fruity sweetness.
Mouthfeel is light and smooth, slightly oily. Overall, this beer is excellent.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2013 21:32:44 | More by snaotheus
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3.58/5 rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
bottle served in two snifters (re-purposed maple syrup glasses).
smells sweet like young gueze or lambic.
a very hidden tart on the nose as well.
color is dark amber.
head is just a thin layer.
very nicely carbonated.
taste is overly sweet berry flavor with some light tartness.
mouthfeel is sweet but leads to light funk and tart dryness.
probably would not purchase again at the price (23.99) but not a bad beer to have for dessert. seems very "one-notey" front to back and way to sweet for my liking. would age help?
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 21:48:08 | More by coriswrasse
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
99 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.